Coping With Saturn Transiting Square Natal Mars

pruned treeWhen Mars and Saturn clash, whatever manifests in your life is bound to harsh.  Saturn is currently transiting my natal Mars. I’ve taken a bunch of cuts lately.  Some of them have been deep. To be fair (Mars in Libra), I’ve made some cuts of my own.

There was a time when I’d have been on the floor over the pain of rejection(s). I things like this differently now. I understand the need to prune a tree in order to keep it healthy.

I have seen numerous branches crack and collapse on my own fruit trees over the last few years.  They’d been left overloaded with fruit, year after year, until they just gave up. Helllloooo?

Sometimes what is pruned from your life is significant. You don’t recover right away, not because you’re failing but because it takes time to assimilate the loss and regroup.

When you do recover, your shape has changed. It’s important to realize, there is no way to go back. My trees have new branches, bearing fruit, but they are nothing like the branches that cracked off.

Last year, the matriarch of the family that lives next door died. This was their first Christmas without her. It wasn’t the same.

Things can get better though. They heal. So if you’ve taken some harsh cuts recently, keep this in mind.

In fact, I told a client recently, that we are designed to heal. We’ve got to let this happen.

Is Saturn transiting your natal Mars? How’s it going?

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Coping With Saturn Transiting Square Natal Mars — 28 Comments

  1. I have Mars in Libra exactly on my ascendent, 21°.
    It’s strange but only now I feel like I am healing,after 10 years of Pluto squares to my Libra planets. It’s not over yet but I feel and see all around me a seeds of a new life. Climate is changing.

    With Pluto crossing IC I will be born again.

  2. Mars transited my Saturn briefly but Saturn will transit my Mars.. that time I got physically hurt from something meant to be pleasurable and bled for some days.. I took it as a taste and waited it out but it was hard..

    Now Saturn has begun to transit my Moon.. I am desperate and in a bad mood most of the time and it’s only been some days but it feels “unendurable.” I have added yoga and floor exercises to my routine (I have a 6th house moon) and try to fulfill lists of things to do but it is not doing it. My upper back seems to sometimes fill and heat up with tension between moments and the desperate sadness/anger is hard to endure even though I went through my moon pluto transit. I’m not sure what *type* of things to do to keep the sadness down. Maybe they have to be bigger in scope.

    • Look into what Elsa has written about using Jupiter to relieve Saturnine problems. Perspective is the name of the game, whether it comes from travel or philosophy or religion or….!

      • thanks, furiana! Some days it gets all off. Also.. I have Saturn in Sag and have been out in the world..

        Sometimes I feel lost, mang. But, I’m taking the pressure off myself with that. I don’t feel at home where I’m from, I tell you that. I think I have to use Moon Saturn to get things done, and Jupiter to get “bigger” things done..

  3. TODAY transiting Saturn is EXACT SQUARE my natal Mars (at the tail end of my Sun-NN-Merc-Mars stellium that covers 10 degrees).

    I will be very glad to be done with this particular transit.

    Today was brutal. But I will heal.

    I do feel on the cusp of a new life, and although I have done A LOT of pruning over the course of this transit, A LOT of good things have also come into my life.

    For example, as painful and difficult as today was, YESTERDAY was incredibly awesome. Everything that was missing from today, it was there yesterday courtesy of a new person that has come into my life. Night and day.

    I need to (and will) DISENGAGE from today’s group of people, and actively ENGAGE with this new person.

  4. Yes, Saturn is squaring my Mars too now, plus I’m having my Mars return in Aries. I’m older, so it seems to be working in a more stabilizing way this time. Saturn is steadying and supporting my Mars. When I was younger this situation would mean speeding tickets. Or challenging a teacher. Or fighting with my dad!

    It’s not exact until tomorrow but I’m going to go for a long fast walk up a steep hill to make sure this energy gets a positive expression.

  5. I have natal Mars in Libra at 19 degrees. Speaking of pruning, I just got done pruning and cutting down many trees in my yard at the beginning of the square. Now, I am going through years of paperwork and shredding up a lot of it.

    So far, I’m getting a lot of things done with this transit.

  6. Here is a follow up to my previous post… shortly after I posted it, I found out that an older friend who’d been a father to me had just died.

    He had Mars at 14 Aries too – so also being squared by Saturn. Pluto conjunct his Sun today. He was a big astronomer, (and had his moon at 5 Leo) so how cool of him to pick this full moon in Leo eclipse to make his exit.

    Astrology is amazing.

  7. Saturn is exactly square my natal Mars right now. I have to really force myself to get out of the house and do things. Any kind of initiative feels tedious. I took a big cut back in December, someone I saw everyday and was super close to for two and a half years died. I am near the end (just started the last semester) of my grad school program and I’m expecting it to be the most difficult semester yet. I just have to buckle down and get it done, I’ll try my best.

  8. Saturn will conjunct my natal Mars on house 8 in February, my life has been hell so far with Saturn in house 7, making conjunction to Neptune, seeing the worst of people, stalking, harassment, people wanting to cut my head off for no reason.

    This Saturn will join Pluto already making conjunction with natal Mars and sextiling Jupiter. Really hope it is softened a little.

  9. It did, recently. Took me about a year and a half to bounce back even as I gave it everything. At times it was excruciatingly painful, and those are the bad news – but the good news is that if you stick with what you really got, what you truly know.. if you let yourself get pushed back all the way to basics – and sometimes it was a basic as in “breathe in, breathe out” – you’ll be fine.

    And the fruits are just as juicy! The tree is different than the one you pictured, that’s all.

  10. I have n Mars at 20° Libra , so I guess Saturn isn’t “actively” aspecting it yet, but I’ve been having a very hard time getting things done. It’s a torture to be so ineffective. This dynamic is a spiral – the worse it gets, the worse it gets! I don’t know how to stop this downward movement.
    I hate to think of what it’ll be like when the transit is full on.
    And Pluto is currently squaring my Mars, in 12th. I’m not sure how it works, what to expect, although I looked this up. I read and don’t understand.
    When both planets will be squaring my wimpy Mars… Egads! Go hide in a hole & hibernate. (Nope, not a solution)

  11. Thanks for this post, Elsa. The pruning analogy is lovely and so right on. Saturn is trining my Mars at the moment, but as a gardner, I understand getting rid of the ‘deadwood’ to make a tree [life] healthy again. Saturn is also opposing my Mercury, so have been down in the dumps with heavy thoughts. This too shall pass.

  12. Today tr Mars is exactly square my Saturn which is exact on 2nd return. So the energies would be similar, but faster moving maybe?

    It was all I could do today to not quit and move myself into a small house on a remote beach. I feel reckless. and like scratching the itch no matter the consequences. And I still might, tomorrow.

    I didn’t know why I felt so extra itchy this morning, midday thought to look and saw the exact Mars square and thought wow astrology is amazing, and then saw this post. Voila, astrology and synchronicity all in one day.

  13. Saturn was conjunct my 5 degrees Cap natal Mars on and off all of last year. Whew! I glad that’s over now that Saturn has progressed further on down the line. I am not sure of everything I went through and/or was feeling with this exact transit but I do know I had some sexual issues probably thanks to Saturn constricting my Mars appetite.

  14. All I can say is thank goodness it’s not a T-Square with my Jupiter in early 7H Cancer. Any time something goes into my 4th house, it aggravates everything in my life.

  15. When Saturn conjoined jupiter at zero degree in aquarius.saturn square my natal mars at 29 degree plus and jupiter square my natal mars near December 21st ,2020.this is opposition of lunar ecilipse at 0 degree in leo on January 21st, 2019.very low and new beginnings.

  16. I have Saturn mars natally and I think it looks like stymied action. I am so used to road blocks at all angles! But…I’ve found there is ALWAYS at least one path open. So I take that and go where it leads me. There’s always a beautiful fitting reason for it later. These are the paths no one would ever be able to justify taking, but they turn into golden brick roads for me. Getting into astrology was one of these roads. I had a job that was so boring for so long that I needed something to mark the time. I thought astrology was ridiculous at the time, (“how can anyone POSSIBLY believe this stuff?”) So it was a hugely curious thing. I found Elsa and started to play with it, acting as if it were real, to get inside the head of someone who believed such a ridiculous thing. Of course, anyone who studies it seriously realizes there’s more than meets the eye. My job was so dull that I was able to learn how to feel the distinct energies of the different transits. It turned out to be incredibly rich and a powerfully useful tool that I’ve relied on for over ten years. It got me through Pluto in Capricorn and the Uranus Pluto square, and all the intense stuff the past decade—much of which hit my chart intensely.
    So, thank you Saturn mars for blocking off so many other roads that I had no choice but to either sulk in self pity or learn astrology! 😉

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